Depression, mental illness

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by roro, Jul 30, 2007.

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  1. roro

    roro Well-Known Member

    I noticed on here many have depression.

    Please, those of you who have depression or any other mental illness, PLEASE PLEASE go to a regular doctor or neurologist and get checked out. depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, alzheimer, many of these "mental" illnesses they are finding out are caused by PHYSICAL DISEASES. some disease affect our heart, some our stomach, some our brain. when it affect the brain, it could cause symptoms that resemble mental illness.

    many people are misdiagnosed as having a mental disorder and years later find out it is a neurological or infectious disease, and get cured.

    sometimes i wonder if mental illness even exists. maybe all mental illness are caused by a disease and some are just caused by a disease they havent discovered yet.
  2. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    You are right roro. Many medical problems can manifest themselves through depression and other mental issues. The illness may in fact be the cause of the depression. If you do not see a medical professional and let them know the symptoms, they can not rule out other medical disorders before looking at mental illnesses. You have provided us with good advice. Thank you. :hug:
  3. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    Roro, have you been to that specialist? How did it go?
  4. expressive_child

    expressive_child Well-Known Member

    Well, the last time I seen my doctor was more than one year ago. I thought of seeing him again soon just to get some sleeping pills cos I have troubles sleeping. But the thing is, I don't want him to ask me about other things cos its really tiring to explain my feelings and it makes me feel bad and it really takes a lot of energy to feel bad about things.

    When someone tells a doctor that they have trouble sleeping and in need of some sleeping pills, what would the doctor ask? Is it a must for me to tell him about my depression and my life and how I am coping from a to z again? I have also been off meds more than a year ago. If I can see him and just get those pills, then its ok but I really don't want to talk about everything again.

    Think its possible?
  5. roro

    roro Well-Known Member

    tell him you have depression, and trouble sleeping and also any physical symptoms you have and ask him if there might be any medical reason for your symptoms. you dont have to go into details about the depression, thats for a psychologist or something.
    sleep is important for all bodily functins, lack of sleep can even cause depression.
  6. Blackness

    Blackness Guest

    yeah too bad for those of us who cant see a professional!

  7. roro

    roro Well-Known Member

    what do you mean? you cant see a regular doctor? or you cant see a psychiatrist?
    why? no insurance?
  8. roro

    roro Well-Known Member

    here is an article about a teen who almost died because they had her on all kinds of medicines for mental illness, nothing worked and it turned out to be an infection:

    doctors are such idiots!!!!

    there are so many cases like this.

    If your depression is accompanied by ANY physical symptoms, insist that a dr does some tests. depression can cause you to be tired, maybe have stomach aches, but if you have joint pain, headaches, chest pain, or any other serious symptoms it could be something else.
  9. Incomitatus

    Incomitatus Member

    Do you think that all thsese psychiatrists really care about your problem?
    Well, I can tell from my expirience that the single thing, which they care is $$$...
    There is no use to go, except if you need some medicine (like xanax ot zoloft, for instance) right now. They won't help you except for medication receipt - because all they can do is giving you most obvious, standard phrases like "you should socialize more", "you should talk more", "think positive" and all that crap... They just cannot provide you with something that would be a real solution - everything what they can say... well, you now all that already...

    I would bet that these "specialists" are meeting each other at the weekend in some pub and then, while drinking beer, they share our stories between each other like jokes.
  10. ace

    ace Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean and sad to say you're spot on right's sad because we can go and see Therapist's or Psychiatrist hear everything we've heard before and hope something of a miracle can change for us.It's true they don't have the answer's for us just hopeful word's of wisdom that sadly can't really fix thing's for us.
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